DETROIT — Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler will miss his second straight game because of an upper respiratory infection.
The Wolves announced before playing at Detroit on Wednesday that Butler won’t play against the Pistons. He sat out on Tuesday at home against Indiana, which blew out the Timberwolves 130-107.
Butler, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Chicago on draft night, has 40 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and six steals over his first three games with the Wolves while shooting 17 for 43 from the floor for 39.5 percent. Shabazz Muhammad started in his place against the Pacers.
Butler has played an entire season only once, in his second year in the NBA with the Bulls, in 2012-13.
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